The Sword?

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 1 King 14-15; Luke 22:31-46

 

 

35 Jesus said to them, “When I sent you out without a wallet, bag, or sandals, you didn’t lack anything, did you?”

They said, “Nothing.”

36 Then he said to them, “But now, whoever has a wallet must take it, and likewise a bag. And those who don’t own a sword must sell their clothes and buy one. 37  I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in relation to me: And he was counted among criminalsIndeed, what’s written about me is nearing completion.”

38 They said to him, “Lord, look, here are two swords.”

He replied, “Enough of that!” (Luke 22:35-38, Common English Bible)

I wish I had a picture of what my desk looks like when I sit down to do serious Bible Study. The kind of study when you really have to get down and dig into Scriptures. My desk doesn’t look so much so much like it anymore. With the improvements to computers and the internet, much of the time I am doing just about everything online. With certain Bible apps, I can have eight or ten or even more versions of the Bible opened at once. That can leave much of the room on my desk for stacks of commentaries. But, back in my seminary days, well, that didn’t work so well. It would look much like a combination of the three above. Today, well not so much.

If I really wanted to get at what Jesus is saying in today’s lesson I might have to make my desk appear much like it was back in the days of having eight translations and two paraphrases piked on my desk. Even then I’m not so sure I would get the full meaning in the context of this passage.

Well, I am going to try to make Paul’s words to the Ephesians fit in with Jesus’ words in today’s lesson. Paul says, “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word” (Ephesians 6:17, Common English Bible).

As I read today’s lesson my mind immediately flashed to these words of Paul’s. The words particularly echoed in my thoughts when I read Jesus saying, “But now, whoever has a wallet must take it, and likewise a bag. And those who don’t own a sword must sell their clothes and buy one.” Jesus tells all to go out and buy a sword? Throughout Jesus’ life he never really talks about the need for offensive weapons and here he says sell whatever you have, if that is what it takes, to go buy a sword. Really? Hince his remark when “they” (I tend to think I see Peter’s fine hand here) said to him, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” To which Jesus replies, “Enough of that!”

That doesn’t sound to me much like a guy interested in offensive weapons. But, could he be talking about a “Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God?” Such would be just the kind of thing we could see and hear Jesus telling the world.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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